Is Write for a Reason for you?
- Do you write stories for children/young people?
- Are you a Christian?
- Do you want to share the good news of Jesus through your stories?
- Do you struggle to finish stories you have started?
- Or have stories in your head you have not yet begun to write?
- Do you lack self-confidence?
- Do you want to make your stories to be as good as they can be?
If you answered yes to more than two of these questions,
Write for a Reason has been created to help YOU!
Hello! My name is Janet Wilson, I’m a mum, grandma and founder of Dernier Publishing – we publish fiction written from a Christian perspective for young people.
Like most publishers, we receive a number of unsolicited manuscripts, but most we don’t take on.
Why not? There are two main reasons.
- There’s a limit to what we can produce.
- Many of the stories have potential, but need work done on them to bring them up to the standard readers expect. This may be to do with characters, plot, pace, or indeed a number of other issues.
But these days you don’t need a publisher. Sure, it’s great to get a publishing contract, but it’s no longer necessary. When your manuscript is complete, you don’t have to be published in the traditional way, you can:
- create an audio file
- publish your story as an ebook or a kindle book
- you can even print out your story, have it spiral bound and give copies to the children you wrote it for – perhaps grandchildren, or your Sunday School pupils
You should still, though, try to make your story the very best it can be for the sake of your readers.
Write for a Reason is about these three things:
Do you play a musical instrument? If you do, you had to learn how to do it, and practice! If you didn’t get enough support, you probably gave up. In the same way, if you want to write good stories, you need to learn some tips and tricks (your readers will thank you for it!), and you will need plenty of encouragement as you go on your writing journey. After all, we’re all still learning – I certainly am! It’s worth putting in some serious effort.
Remember the parable Jesus told about the talents? (You can read it in Matthew 25.) A master gave his servants talents, and told them to use them well while he was away. The one with five talents, and the one with two talents, put them to work and doubled their money. But the servant with one talent buried his, and we know what happened to him.
The point of the story is, if we have been given a talent, we have to put it to work. That means make an effort!
Have you got an idea for a story you want to write? Will that idea not go away?
What are you going to do about it? However nervous you feel about it, don’t bury your talent. Take action, and take action today.
Maybe a child is waiting to hear your story. Only you can write your story.
You can start right now! Sign up below and straight away you will receive a report I have written specially for you: Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Manuscript (which is what readers want!). Then I will send you regular writing tips and encouragement, to help you use your talent to the best of your ability, so your story will reach the children/young people on your heart.
You may be wondering why am I doing this.
There are two reasons:
1. Because in the body of Christ we all have different gifts, and I believe this one was given to me.
2. Because I’m passionate about reaching young people with the good news of Jesus through excellent, relevant stories.
So I intend to do the very best I can to help you, and other writers like you, because…
Together we can make a difference!
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